Emory, Duke & more: 4 facilities participate in $13M clinical trial for knee stem cell treatment

Alan Condon -   Print  |

Four medical facilities in the U.S. are engaging in a $13 million clinical trial to study stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis in the knee, reports WKRG.

Four things to know:

1. The aim of the research is to eliminate — or at least significantly reduce — pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

2. Emory Orthopedics & Spine Center in Atlanta, Durham, N.C.-based Duke University, Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health and Andrews Research and Education Foundation in Gulf Breeze, Fla., are participating in the study.

3. The facilities are researching three stem cell sources —bone marrow from the pelvis, adipose and umbilical cord tissue — which are implanted into the knee joint using ultrasound guidance.

4. Approximately 120 patients are participating in the study at each of the four centers.

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